Girl Empowerment, Zambia

Join the African Impact team in the traditional African town of Livingstone, as you work towards the UN’s Global Goal of Gender Equality. Through African Impact’s initiative, The Girl Impact, you’ll support, educate and encourage adolescent girls as they become empowered young women in their community. Bring local boys and men to the forefront of the conservation as you encourage the gender equality movement and overcome male/female stereotypes.


  • Make a positive impact in the lives of adolescent girls – giving them skills, support and inspiration
  • Support open discussion and help change attitudes surrounding the ‘conventional’ role of men and women
  • Work with the local boys as we introduce, educate and raise awareness on gender equality
  • Be part of a program that sees direct measurable results and work daily towards the UN’s Global Goal of Gender Equality
  • Encourage business skills and income generation ventures at our women’s group
  • Immerse yourself in local Zambian culture
  • Visit the majestic Victoria Falls – also known as “the smoke that thunders” – and enjoy some of the amazing tourist activities that Livingstone has to offer

About the Destination

Livingstone, Zambia is a beautiful, rural town that many call “the real Africa.” Just a stone’s throw away from one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls – Livingstone is the ultimate playground for those who love adventure sports, wildlife and the great outdoors. Whether you bungee jump, swim in the ‘Devil’s Pool’, white water raft down the mighty Zambezi or just enjoy a breath-taking sunset, you will experience things that only Livingstone can offer! Don’t worry, you will certainly not miss out on wildlife. There are many national parks where you can observe lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, elephant and giraffes and often, we spot some of these animals along the road on our way to project!

As a Livingstone volunteer, you will be fully immersed in the rural community every day. Your mornings are focused on empowerment workshops and activities with the boys and girls in the community whilst in the afternoons you will join in a variety of development projects that help uplift the community including After School Care, Reading Club, Adult Literacy Class, Life Skills workshops and more!  This gives you a well-rounded experience, exposes you to all parts of the community and is ultimately what makes being a Livingstone community volunteer so unique.

You’ll be staying in a private volunteer house within the popular and welcoming Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia.  You will have access to a lovely swimming pool, lounge, BBQ and bar area.  Your accommodation is a 5 minute walk away from Livingstone’s town center, which has many stores and a great selection of cafes and restaurants.  You won’t want to leave your “new home” as the staff will become your new family!

Dates & Rates

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at the lively Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia, in a private section shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

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“I have had the best month volunteering for African Impact on the Girl Impact project. The highlight has to be all the people I have met; people on projects and the other volunteers. going into the schools and communities to talk about loads of interesting topics from HIV/AIDs to self-confidence means you learn a lot about Zambian culture and really get to know the pupils. I feel that the Girl Impact project is very important and is also so much fun, I in particular had the best time at the women’s group as the ladies were so interesting and just hilarious. The projects generally are so organised, with clear timetables and transport so you don’t have to worry about anything. The house is so much fun and it is so easy to make friends with everyone so life when you’re not on project is still exciting. Overall, I am so glad that I have volunteered here and would recommend it to anyone!”

Lorna, UK

“Working with women in Zambia was such a lovely experience. They were welcoming and friendly beyond anything you can ever imagine. The girls want to learn and their English is unbelievable. The women at the women’s group are interested and want to make their lives for themselves and their families better. Being able to support their projects and their entrepreneurship was a fabulous opportunity. These projects make such a difference to the local community in supporting them to achieve more without doing it for them.”

Tamsin, UK

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